Answered by | Mimi Partha Sarathy, Founder & Senior Yoga Teacher
Turning 50 doesn’t really mean much anymore when people are healthier and living longer than ever today. But yes, for some women over 50, a whole new chapter in life could be opening up which might mean a lot more free time for new experiences.
Being over 50, whether male or female, also means physical changes could be occurring in our body. For women, the list includes arthritis, osteoporosis, chronic back pain, heart disease, a loss of flexibility and the changes due to menopause.
Enter the new chapter
Yoga practice and the inherent aspect of mindfulness which is the main aspect of Yoga changes the way one sees one’s own body and life. It’s also an effective tool to combat stiffness, arthritis and chronic pain and supports better sleeping habits and better body movement.
Some women might not have done any form of exercise ever until now. Others might have practiced yoga at some point in time. And some might be coming back after a break and some might me wanting to try yoga out of curiosity or due to a friend or doctor’s recommendation. One might be a bit out of touch with one’s body and energy levels. This is the time that surely one should take an inventory of one’s body with the help of an experienced teacher. It is truly worth the effort to find a yoga practice that is correct and right for you.
It’s never too late
Yoga practice does change with time and it’s for the better! Yoga, for many, after 50 is a time for moving inward, and that’s a positive thing. After all the years of proving ourselves in the realms of work, family, home, etc., one seeks a deeper purpose and sense of contentment.
The right way to do
Yoga practice should include asana (movement), pranayama (breath) and dhyana (meditation). The meditation and breathing parts of the equation are vital for making yoga an integral part of our life. Pranayama helps in replacing our short, tight breathing habits with slow and deep breathing pattern. Meditation helps with mental focus, memory, and overall health benefits. Asana practice prepares one to sit comfortably for extended periods of time, to deepen our breath, and to relax for meditation.
It’s very important that one should inform the teacher of any injury, pain or any other health issue. Warmups and preparation postures are an extremely important aspect of asana practice especially if one has any back, knees, hips and other such issues. One should ensure one goes to an experienced teacher or yoga therapist.
Answer By MS. Mimi Partha Sarthy – Founder And Senior Yoga Teacher at Sri Krishna Wellness Yoga & Cultural Centre.
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Last updated on May 21, 2019
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